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How to Cut an Opal

Learn from an expert how to cut an opal the old-fashioned way. This is the first video to watch in the series if you are interested in cutting and polishing opal. Justin is a second generation opal cutter learning from his father Jorgen who was a master cutter and carver. Justin started cutting as a young boy where his father from years of experience started to teach him the ‘tricks of the trade’. Justin has become a master cutter himself with over 30 years experience. In this easy to follow video ‘how to cut an opal’ Justin will discuss the art of fashioning an opal the old-fashioned way using sandpaper and felt wheels with Cerium Oxide. In…

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Opal Pendants

Why an opal pendant… For centuries pendants have been worn as items of adornment for woman.  An opal pendant is eye-catching. The colour play in an opal will mean that the stone when viewed in different directions will look different. An opal will also display different colours when viewed in different types of lighting. This phenomena is due to the reflection and refraction of light through the silica spheres which make up an opal. An opal is not a hard gemstone in comparison to other gemstones. Worn as a pendant an opal is less likely to be damaged. Any opal jewelery should be worn with care. An unusual opal pendant…

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Synthetic Opal

What is Synthetic Opal? A synthetic opal is an opal that is manmade. A synthetic opal can either have the same chemical composition as a natural, or use a manmade by-product. A synthetic opal is made in a laboratory. A synthetic opal generally falls into three categories. Glass imitations, plastic imitations or resin & silica mixture imitations. Other terms used in the trade to describe synthetic opal includes: lab-created or laboratory created, Gilson,  Created, & Slocum stone Just to name a few as new words and terms are constantly being used in order to confuse the industry. Chinese Synthetic Opal: Made from a resin mixture. The pattern is very similar right through…

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